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University of Illinois, non-tenured faculty reach deal

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois and faculty members who are not on a tenure track say they have reached a new labor agreement.

The union said Saturday that members who had been on strike over the last two weeks for a total of four days will vote Sunday on whether to suspend the strike.

A contract ratification vote will be held later in the week.

The contract is the first with the university for the union, which has about 500 instructors, researchers and other faculty. They typically work on one-year contracts and are not part of the tenure system that offers professors and others job protections.

Faculty members at many universities across the country have complained in recent years about the growing reliance on non-tenured instructors, who often make less money.